[whatwg] <source> media attribute behavior, static or dynamic ?

Ian Hickson ian at hixie.ch
Fri Jun 29 14:36:40 PDT 2012

On Fri, 11 May 2012, Simon Pieters wrote:
> I'm still a bit skeptical about the utility of <media source>. Maybe it 
> should be dropped from the spec.
> It is not appropriate for choosing between low resolution and high 
> resolution, because the environment can change (e.g. the user might 
> fullscreen the video after it has begun loading, and want high 
> resolution). Also, bandwidth is not available in MQ, but even if it was, 
> the user agent is in a better position to determine what is appropriate 
> than the author.
> It would be better to have a solution where the user agent is informed 
> about which streams are available and what properties they have, and let 
> the user and user agent switch streams at will. Maybe this should happen 
> on the network layer, keeping the same selected <source> URL.

I don't disagree. I think the right solution is to move all of this into 
the network layer, personally.

I haven't changed the spec.

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